Henry v MOA

Nov 9, 2018 - Jury Quickly Finds for Henry

These are posts about an ongoing trial in Anchorage.  Anthony Henry was terminated from the Anchorage Police Department in 2014.  He's suing over that decision.  It's a case that has lots of overlap with other issues and events, most notably the National Guard scandal of 2014.  There was   also a successful $2 million discrimination lawsuit (it took two trials to complete) by two minority officers in which Anthony Henry was a star witness.   This case also allowed the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU to get copies of the Brown Report. the investigation that led to Henry's termination, which has been kept secret since it was completed in 2014.  There are links to the report (it's in two parts) in the Oct. 20 post.

I didn't get to court until the fifth day of the trial.

I'll try to keep an index of my posts here to make it easy to find them all.  The most recent posts are on top. Dates in headings refer to posting dates.  Most correspond to trial days, but in a couple of cases I got the post up the next day.  [Sorry, got behind but all is caught up now.]

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018  Henry v MOA: ADN Reports Jury Sides With Henry For $2.3 Million

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018  Henry v MOA: Defense Closing Statement  Very rough notes of Doug Parker's Closing Statement.  Not sure how useful these notes are for others, but going through them helps me review what I heard.  Hope to comment on what was said in the closing arguments of both sides in another post.  Jury has the case now.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018  Henry v MOA:  Plaintiff Closing Statement Part 1  My rough notes.  See comments on post above.

Wednesday Nov 7, 2018  Henry v MOA - Witnesses Done, I Got Most Of The Day Off - Tomorrow Closing Arguments - We saw FBI agent Steve Payne in his deposition.  Plaintiff Henry answered a couple of very brief questions.  Court adjourned early.  Tomorrow will be closing statements.

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2018  Henry v MOA - PM - Finish Carson,, Blaylock, and Hebbe (via video) - Witnesses that plaintiff attorneys have vilified throughout the trial don't look so evil in person. [Link fixed.]

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2018  Henry v MOA - Fanning, Plummer, Carson

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018  Henry v MOA - Tide Turning?  Rick Brown On Witness Stand   Rick Brown today looks a lot different from the Rick Brown we saw in the video of his deposition with Ray Brown.  Will things change again later when plaintiff get to ask questions?

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 Henry v MOA - Questioning Style, GPS, Best Practices, and Sexual Assault Cases  Covers Friday's proceedings.  Another overview of what the plaintiff's argument seems to be and some highlights of witnesses' testimony.

Friday, Nov 2, 2018  Henry v MOA - Long Pauses and Open Doors - Feliciano/Kennedy May Be On The Table  - Covers Thursday's proceedings.  Vakalis ends, Usera disses OEO head, Wheeler gets reminded he's under oath. One attorney's slow delivery is made up by the rapid fire of the others.  And Ray Brown thinks out loud about two newly opened doors.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 Henry v MOA: Before Defense Began, They Moved to Dismiss Case

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018:  Henry v. MOA - Fatigue Won the Afternoon
And fatigue won over the blogger in this attempt to give some sense of what happened in the afternoon.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018:  Henry v MOA: Vandegriff - Lunch Break Report
A quick, lunch break overview of some of the themes from the morning - particularly Command's view of Anthony Henry.

Monday, Oct 29, 2018:  Henry v MOA: Dueling Transcripts - Schmidt, Redick, Vondolteren, Bucher's Taped Deposition  In which I try to give a sense of the trial and a few of the issues with some rough transcripts from today.  It takes a lot of time to explain relatively small points, but there's no smoking gun so each side is piecing together lots of details to make their cases.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018:  Henry v MOA - Slogging Through Details - Finish Hazelaar, Peck, Foster (Economist), and Eric Smith [Updated]  Lots of topics come up as plaintiff's get into details to prove Anthony Henry was set up for termination.  They try to show that Whetsell's MS wasn't a problem and no one was covering it up.  There's talk of the rift between Tony Camp and Command Camp.  Why National Guard drug use wasn't investigated more.  Did SAU need a full time canine? Retaliation for going to OEO and EEOC?  An economist explains how he calculated what economic losses Henry has suffered from being terminated.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018:  Henry v MOA:  Drug Day and What Is The Plaintiff Trying To Do?  - Observations on testimony of a former undercover agent's testimony.  Then I try to figure out why the Plaintiff is trying to prove with all the detailed and somewhat repetitive testimony they're presenting.

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018:  Henry v MOA - "It Is What It Is"
Anthony Henry cross exam finishes.  Also we hear from witnesses Derek Hsieh (former Anchorage Police Union president) and FBI Agent Ann Kirklund.

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018:  Henry v MOA - 1) Sexual Assault 2) Henry I and II
Starts with review of continuing video of deposition of Rick Brown, the author of the Brown Report, this time focusing on the sexual assault charges.  Then look at Anthony Henry's testimony.

Monday, October 22, 2018:  Henry v. MOA - Henry's Attorney Destroy's Author of Brown Report
We watched video of the deposition of Rick Brown questioned by attorney Ray Brown over how he did his investigation.

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018  Anthony Henry v MOA - Former Alaska National Guard Boss Katkus Testifies [UPDATED] [2nd UPDATE with Complete Brown Report]
General Katkus who was sacked by Gov Sean Parnell over a lot of noise in the media about sex, drugs, and guns at the National Guard in 2014, testifies as a man who did no wrong and was falsely hounded out of the Guard by a rabid media.  Links to the Brown report (in two parts) in this post.

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